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ready for liftoff, the shuttle "atlantis" and its crew are all set as nasa watches the weather. storms threatening to delay the final space shuttle mission. we're live with complete coverage of the scheduled launch. deadly chase, a grand rapids, michigan man, goes on a deadly rampage. he takes hostages, and then his own life. and stop the presses, rupert murdock's company shuts down a london newspaper accused of widespread phone hacking as its former editor who became a spokesman for britain's prime minister is arrested, "early"
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this friday morning, july 8th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs and good friday morning to you from the kennedy space center, i'm erica hill. you're looking at a live picture there of launch pad 39a and of course the shuttle atlanta as we prepare to watch and countdown to the final mission for nasa's shuttle program. good to have you with us. chris wragge is in new york. good morning my friend. >> good morning. the shot looks great. we need a little cooperation from mother nature, right? that's if. the only thing holding us back this morning. >> that's exactly what we need, a lot of fingers crossed. from nasa's point of view otherwise everything is ready for this morning's scheduled launch. as chris mentioned we're not sure whether or not mother nature will cooperate. bob orr has the latest on the planned launch. good morning. >> reporter: good morning,
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erica. "atlantis" is all systems green there but the weather forecast frankly is very bleak and now it looks very unlikely that the launch will happen today. despite diminishing hopes for a friday lift-off, nasa overnight began pumping a half million gallons of liquid fuel into the large external tank of shuttle "atlantis" and the four astronauts are continuing their final preparations for launch. but for the past two days the weather at kennedy space center has been horrible, a lightning strike hit launch pad 39a on thursday forcing nasa engineers to recheck critical systems and more storms are possible today. the shuttle can't blast off if there is rain or lightning within 20 miles of the pad, or strong crosswinds at the kennedy landing strip. >> i wish i had better weather for you but a 70% of weather canceling launch due to the showers and thunderstorms we expect in the area.
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>> reporter: nasa could scrub the launch today. the weather is expected to improve through the weekend. test director jeff spalding said they'll examine as soon as they can. >> when we have opportunity generally we're going to take it. we want to, you know, it's a really tough day if you make a decision not to go and turns out to be good weather. >> reporter: but right now the weather doesn't look very good. sources are telling our bill harwood we could get an early decision before the astronauts come to the pad and get scrapped in. the reason for that, it would protect two better launch days saturday and sunday when the weather won't be great but better than today. >> we'll take better than. bob orr, thanks. nasa is facing a fair amount of criticism for shutting down the space shuttle program without having anything yet to
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replace it. joining us former nasa administrator mike griffin. >> good to be here thank you. >> you've said all along there's no reason we should end the shuttle program without a backup in place. >> we have a $75 billion space stigs that needs periodic support, crew rotation, supplies, experiments up and down and ending the shuttle program with nothing to come afterward i think is bad policy. i don't think we can blame nasa, though. nasa takes its direction from the administration. >> a lot of politicking here and that's what i've heard from a lot of folks and former astronauts and astronauts i've been speaking with for the last few weeks. the shuttle program is ending no matter what. the plan is to send astronauts on the soyuz up to the international space station. do you have any concerns what happens if there's a problem? >> the soyuz is a great system.
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our russian partners built a system that has stood the test of time. it has had failures just as our space shuttle has had failures. our next system leaves us with no human access to space for the foreseeable future. >> there are private companies working on this. i spoke with one company yesterday, we can have a vehicle ready to ferry astronauts back and forth by 2014. you helped bring private companies to work on this when you were at nasa. is that still a viable option, is that something you look at okay, it may not be great but this could keep americans in space? >> sure it's a viable option when it materializes, but to me this is a little bit like the old joke about rock climbing, you don't let go of one hand hold until you're sure you have another. right now we're letting go of both hand holds. that's not a good idea. >> you see so much talk about manned space flight by the u.s. hanging by a thread and the next
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astronaut that goes up may not be wearing a nasa badge. is this the beginning of the end for the space program as some people say? >> well the current administration policies have brought about the end of the nasa space program. now whether there can be and will be a manned space program to follow that is of a different nature remains to be seen but what we have done with the decisions that have been made is effectively we have ended the nasa space program as you've known it for 50 years. >> mike griffin good to have you with us. we'll be watching to see what happens with the launch and talking to you about the future as we continue on. >> thank you, erica, good to be with you. >> chris back to you in new york. this morning britain's prime minister is calling for new tough rules for the press after the country's biggest selling paper was shut down over a phone hacking scandal. elizabeth palmer is in london with the latest. good morning.
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>> good morning. this scandal has been bubbling away for six years and just keeps on spreading. it's now dragged in not only the media and the police but also the political establishment. with the news of the world's scandal now threatening his own political reputation the prime minister vowed to get to the bottom of this gigantic mess. >> we turned a blind eye to the need to sort this issue, to get on top of the bad practices, to change the way our newspapers are regulated. >> isn't it time you said not that you take responsibility but you screwed up? >> reporter: cameron personally chose the former editor of the "news of the world" as his communications adviser, andy colson who resigned from the prime minister's office six months ago said he didn't know about the hacking and deeply regrets it but just in the last hour he's been arrested. the "news of the world" has been a sunday institution in britain for 168 years, selling more than 2 million copies a week with a
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mixture of gossip, girls, and sensational tabloid stings, like this one last year where a reporter reported sarah ferguson ex-wife of prince andrew offering to sell access to him for $800,000. in fact the "news of the world's" undoing began with another member of the royal family, prince william. in 2005 he read details in the paper that could only have come from his personal voice mail. police tracked the hacking to the "news of the world." that was bad enough but over the years it turned out celebrities had been hit, too. the end came this week after news that the paper had broken into the phone of a murdered teenager and the voice mails of friends and families of british soldiers killed in action. that was just too much, even in this country that loves its tabloid newspapers. we're now going to have not only full public inquiry, there will also be a police investigation and a second police
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investigation about allegations that some officers may have taken money from the paper in return for information. chris? >> just the beginning. cbs's elizabeth palmer in lon con, thank you. joining us is long time media watcher lloyd grove. good to have you with us. >> good morning. >> this is the paper. you can't necessarily back their practices but they've been around for 168 years. this is an extraordinary measure to just shut it down. what does it indicate? >> it indicates there's probably stuff we don't know about. this is a cash cow for the murdock newspaper empire. you don't just shut down a profitable enterprise unless there's something that perhaps you're hiding at least people can think that. >> elizabeth made reference, too, you don't think this is just the beginning of the revelation. it sounds bad but to think it could get worse to tap into the phones of missing children and soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty. >> and also one wonders what the practices of murdock papers like
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"the new york post" are in the united states. i mean if they're doing it over in the uk, there's not, that pond is not too big an expanse of water. >> let me ask you about rupert murdock, involved in a $19 billion deal, 12 billion pounds to purchase british sky news, what does it do to that transaction, which is so massive. >> it threatens that transaction deeply. if you had david cameron getting into the business of murdock saying you should accept the resignation or fire a top executive in london, rebekah brooks, you have to think this deal is threatened. >> i want to bring in eleanor goodman, long time political eleanor for channel 4 news in great britain. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> we heard the prime minister david cameron saying the "cozy relationship between the british media and politicians ends now." this is going to raise some eyebrows, this coming from a man who would hire the former editor
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to be his communications director, andy colson and close relationship with rebekah brooks who runs the publications department for rupert murdock. how can he say this with the relationships he's had? >> it's not just him who has had the relationships. he employed a former editor of the "news of the world" but this relationship between the british media and the tabloid newspapers goes back to mrs. thatcher's time. what david cameron tried to do was put himself at the head of a crusade to clean up the british media, and he announced these two inquiries, but what he couldn't do and politically he desperately needed to be able to do this is saying he would intervene to stop murdock taking over the rest of the television stations and he couldn't really answer these questions about his judgment in taking on andy colson. he kept coming back to the idea he had to give him a second
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chance, the second chance hadn't worked out for him. this really is a very dangerous moment for david cameron. people are equating it with the moment when tony blair lost the trust of the nation by his handling of the iraq crisis and ed milliband suddenly looks like a man who is more in touch with public opinion than the prime minister. >> it looks like this is probably just the beginning, like our liz palmer mentioned a few moments ago. lloyd grove we appreciate you taking the time. miss goodman thank you for taking the time with us in london. we appreciate it. nancy cordes is filling in for jeff glor. good to have you with us. >> good morning to you. police in grand rapids, michigan, are trying to figure out what drove an ex-convict to go on a murderous rampage that left eight people dead, including the gunman. it brought the city to a halt for hours yesterday.
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dean reynolds is there. good morning, dean. >> reporter: good morning, nancy. we don't know a lot about the man who killed himself in this house last night but we do know he is an ex-con with a long history of violence. after a tense standoff with police, 34-year-old rodrick shonte dantzler took his own life inside the grand rapids home where he had been holding hostages. >> we heard a gunshot and it turned out to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. >> reporter: dantzler is suspected of shooting seven people to death earlier in the day in two separate locations, three adults and a child were gunned down in one home, in the other, two women, one of whom is believed to have been a former girlfriend of dantzler and her 10-year-old daughter were fatally shot. >> two families just -- >> gone. >> -- torn apart all in the blink of an eye, one person could shot somebody -- it's just terrible. >> reporter: within hours police spotted dantzler and a woman in
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a tan lincolntowncar which led to a high-speed chase. at one part authorities closed parts of the interstate when dantzler and officers exchanged gunfire. >> firing out the window towards our car and kind of ducked down and the police continued chasing him. >> reporter: authorities don't have a motive for dantzler but his daughter and an ex-girlfriend were among the seven people killed. now dantzler had been talking to police here at this location, and he'd also sent out a hostage for cigarettes and gator aid, the conversation was apparently about surrendering but then for reasons known only to him, he turned the gun on himself. nancy? >> such a sad story, dean reynolds in grand rapids, michigan, thank you. casey anthony will walk out of jail in just ten days, she was yesterday to four days in prison for lying to police about the death of her daughter w three years already served and time for good behavior she will be freed july 17th.
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her release will come almost three years to the exact day that caylee was reported missing. a tragic accident at a baseball game in texas last night took the life of a small town firefighter, shannon stone at texas ranger ballpark, stone tried to catch a ball in the stands, as his young son watched he fell 20 feet below and died later at a hospital. president obama will meet later with congressional leaders and try to reach a consensus on the debt ceiling. there appear to be signs of progress. bill plante has the latest for us this morning. good morning bill. >> reporter: good morning, nancy. that's right it looks like something is happening. the president called the meeting constructive, saying they're going to meet again sunday but admitted that coming to a deal won't be easy. >> everybody acknowledged that there is going to be pain involved politically on all sides. >> reporter: some of the pain for democrats could be in
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changes to social security, costs of living adjustments, and in reimbursement rates for medicare and medicaid. >> do not consider social security a piggy bank for giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in our country. we are not going to balance the budget on the backs of america's seniors, women and people with disabilities. >> reporter: house speaker boehner who also called the meeting productive made it clear beforehand that the deal would have to cut spending by more than the increase in the debt ceiling. >> we would not increase the debt limit without real cuts in spending and real changes to the way we spend the american people's money. >> reporter: before anybody gets carried away thinking this could be easy the president reportedly, three sources told members of congress in that meeting that he wouldn't sign any deal unless it covers things through the 2012 election. nancy? >> cbs's bill plante at the white house, thanks. now here's marysol castro with our first check of the qul. hi, mary. >> good morning, nancy.
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great to be working with you. good morning everyone at home. thunderstorms are strong in the mid-atlantic, same areas yesterday from nashville to philadelphia you'll see a deluge that will likely soak roads and soil, loosening up the soil, keep an eye out for downed trees, gusty winds and hail. minot and diz mark you could see a rogue tornado by day's end and associated with this will be the rain, minot and bismarck will get the bulk of
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>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. over to chris and erica. good morning. >> marysol, good morning to you. erica, quick happy birth tae to the birthday girl. >> we should, happy birthday. >> rolling her eyes, there she is everybody. >> i'll bring you back a special shuttle souvenir birthday present. >> just bring the whole thing back. >> sure. some companies are struggling to fill job openings as millions of americans look for work. they say there's not enough people with the right technical skills. how to fix that. the launch of "atlantis," we'll hear from crew members about the end of an era. stay with us. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. unter. in most homes, it gets all the action. bring it. getting it clean again is easy with bounty. in this lab demo, one sheet of bounty leaves this surface as clean as 2 sheets of the bargain brand. ♪ why use more when you can use less?
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welcome back to "the early show," skies look decent here in manhattan. that's not the big story. the big story is where erica hill is at the kennedy space center. good morning once again. what is the weather like down there?orning once again. >> good morning to you. it looked better, as you know i'm no meteorologist and not on the weather team at nasa. i'm waiting for word at nasa deciding whether or not the space shuttle "atlantis" can be launched later this morning. we saw a huge crowd of people behind us make their way out to a road just off to my right in anticipation of hopefully seeing the crew drive by which will be an indication of some sort so we are on it and we'll let you no
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he as soon as we hear. >> wait a second you're not a meteorologist? >> you don't have to repeat it and tell everybody. >> okay. we'll get back to you in just a second. prince william and catherine are wrapping up their visit to canada. later today fly to l.a. for the weekend and they've got a lot on their plate, a lot of coverage for you, a polo match to a visit to skid row in los angeles. a preview of that in a couple of minutes. first jobless rate is expected to drop to 9% with the economy adding 100,000 jobs in june. employers say it's getting harder to hire workers with the right skills. cbs news business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis is here with more. good morning to you. >> hey chris, this story, wiit y seem the odds are with employers while the pool of unemployed is growing, the specialized skills
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are those hard to find. 20-year-old sam warby isn't talking about a career fair or four-year anniversary. he's talking about his aviation program at everett community college in washington. >> i'm passionate for aviation. >> reporter: warby graduates in august and has a job lined up at boeing. >> i have the skills and qualifications and training and education that they needed. >> reporter: job seekers with that education are in short supply, so much so that companies like boeing are struggling to fill their openings. >> we don't have necessarily a labor challenge, we have a skills challenge. >> reporter: michael greenwood, senior manager at boeing in seattle says the company wants to hire between 3,000 and 5,000 new employees next year but he expects it will be difficult. >> filling in those gaps is part of our challenge. >> reporter: and the problem isn't just in washington. across the country, employers say they are facing a skills
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gap, not enough candidates with technical skills. >> i think we face a major national crisis. >> reporter: william symonds says many young people are trying to enter the workforce without the necessary skills. >> we're not preparing young people for the jobs that exist in today's economy. >> reporter: in a report released earl whier this year harvard university highlighted the forgotten half of young adults. >> we've taken an academic one size fits all approach to education with the goal frankly that most students are going to go to a four-year college. >> reporter: it is estimated there will be 47 million job openings in the decade ending in 2018, nearly half will require a technical associate's degree. boeing is trying to get ahead of the game. >> work in the programs with the community and technical colleges to help address some of that skill challenge issue for the company. >> two computers -- >> reporter: for students like
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sam warby the investment is already paying off in more ways than one. >> i'm planning on having boeing pay for my engineering degree and go work for them as an engineer. i definitely start at a higher pay than other jobs that my friends have. >> and steteams from rhode isla and michigan are offering programs that offer tuition reimbursement to help workers get the skills workers want that are in high demand. >> rebecca, thanks. nancy cordes is in for jeff glor at the news desk, with another look at the headlines. good morning again. >> good morning to you. good morning everyone. investigators in grand rapids, michigan, are trying to determine a motive in a shooting rampage that left eight people dead. last to die was the gunman, 35-year-old rodrick dantzler. he shot seven people to death, including two children, one said to be his own daughter.
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in britain, andy colson was arrested in the tabloid phone hacking scandal, former editor of "news of the world" who quit as prime minister david cameron's spokesman. the prime minister promised a full investigation. the "news of the world" is being closed by rupert murdock in the aftermath of the scandal. prosecutors in paris opened assault investigations into dominique strauss-kahn. the former imf chief tried to rape her four years ago
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the shuttle "atlantis" crew, three men and one woman arrived just a short time ago for the scheduled launch. before they came down to the kennedy space center they sat down with us to talk about this moment of history. there they are walking out. what this moment means to them and of course the future of space exploration. >> t minus ten, nine, eight -- >> i remember exactly where i was, i was a college student. i think i was a freshman in school and i remember we stopped class and they had the tv on in the auditorium. >> america's first space shuttle. >> seemed like such a far away
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goal and so over my head i could never be an astronaut. >> reporter: when "columbia" launched in 1981, it opened up a new era in space exploration and inspired a generation of astronauts. >> i thought i know what i want to do now. it became an easy decision. >> reporter: now 30 years later, commander chris ferguson, doug hurley and sandy mag news and rex walheim are the last shuttle crew, an emotional humbling path to the history books. is there a certain part that is sad? >> like saying good-bye to an old friend. as a crew we want to focus on what the shuttle has done for the country. >> reporter: for more than three decades over the course of 134 missions the shuttle program allowed nasa to accomplish incredible feats. >> houston i think we've got a
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satellite. >> we were able to launch satellites, retrieve satellites, repair satellites. >> the shuttle launched the hubble telescope and fixed it when there was a problem. the space station, 37 shuttle missions, one-third of its life is building it. that would be its legacy. >> booster ignition. >> reporter: but as the launches became more routine, the public's fascination slowly turned to complacency. >> i don't think your average american really has quite comprehended the fact this is really it. a good five years may go by before we send another american up to low earth orbit. >> reporter: this mission was different from the start. they were called up as a rescue crew on standby for "endeavour," after "columbia" exploded on re-entry in 2003, the second time a shuttle and crew were lost. "challenger" was destroyed during takeoff in 1986.
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>> there's always going to be a risk when you embark on one of these missions. as an astronaut how do you take that into account, how much of that is something would you discuss with your family before you leave? >> you know it's something of course you accept when you join the astronaut corps. we all believe the importance of what the job is, the task of exploring space far outweighs the risk. >> reporter: the job deliver crucial supplies to the international space station to keep it going through 2012. when "atlantis" returns from its 12-day mission it will be retired and eventually put on display at the kennedy space center. >> main gear touchdown. >> reporter: a bittersweet piece of nasa history. have you thought about what might be going through your mind, this time will be a little bit different? >> well, first and foremost is pulling it off and doing it the right way. it's extraordinarily honoring to be a part of it but there is a part of you that says gosh i don't want it to go away, this is an incredible ride and i don't want it to end here but we
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all know it has to. >> joining us is former shuttle commander scott altman, threw two missions on "atlantis," what is it to think back to that moment? >> brings back a lot of memories for me. when you come walking out like that, reminds me of coming downstairs christmas morning. you got so much energy and got the weather concerns going on right now but the crew has to keep the focus on being ready to go because you never know, it can all clear up and they could be on their way upstairs. >> fingers are crossed for that. good to have you with us. talk to you later this morning scott, thanks. there will be more to come from here at the kennedy space center and also from new york. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. cer ] the network -- a living, breathing intelligence that's helping people rethink how they live. in here, the planned combination of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans,
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angeles for a charity event this weekend. >> reporter: two of the biggest celebrities in the world are about to touch down in the world's biggest celebrity city. >> of course every movie star will be dying to see them, because they are the new kids on the block. >> reporter: prince william and catherine will attend what is expected to be a star studded gala at this los angeles theater honoring the british fill imindustry. >> jennifer lopez and march, anthony will be sitting at the table and nicole kidman and tom hanks will be there. >> reporter: on saturday prince william will saddle up for a polo match. those playing with him will pony up $100,000. the pair will meet with entrepreneurs at the beverly hilton visit an inner city arts program on l.a.'s skid row. the royal couple will stay here at the home of the british consul. neighbors have signed no
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trespassing orders to keep the paparazzi away. >> if they attempt to attain access they will be arrested. >> reporter: their california visit comes after a weeklong tour of canada. >> my heart stopped a beat. i was excited. >> reporter: the newlyweds put on a show battling each other in a canoe race, william landing a sea helicopter for the first time. [ speaking in french ]. >> reporter: and publicly practicing his french which he says needs some work. >> it will improve as we go on. >> canada is much more about links with the monarchy and california is much more about raising the profile of the british industry charity than its own charity. >> reporter: the stakes will be higher here in hollywood. william has not been in the u.s. since 2004, and this is catherine's first visit ever but she's taking a no fuss approach, no stylist in an entourage of seven, small by royal standards. >> she is only taking one outfit
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there it is, launch pad 39a, we can't say it enough. everyone getting excited because we just saw i guess they call it the astro van or astro bus go on with the astronauts in it,
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welcome back to "the early show." top of the hour as we welcome you back. you can see the astronauts suiting up there. we are here at the kennedy space center this morning in preparation for the launch of space shuttle "atlantis." if all goes according to plan that could happen in about three and a half hours. i'm erica hill. just ahead this hour we'll look at not only the preparations in place but the huge crowds here to see the final shuttle launch, also a look back at the triumphs and tragedies of the shuttle program and what could be next for astronauts here in the u.s. chris wragge is here in new york. >> good morning. this is getting exciting to see
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the astronauts giving a wave to the camera as they get prepared to get loaded up into the shuttle. let's see what happens in the next couple hours. also ahead a loving husband and father of two whose world came crashing down three years ago when he found out he had a rare blood disorder that could be fatal. he chronicled the struggles and treatment in an amazing and emotional journal we'll share with you coming up, a special story. >> looking forward to that. thanks. we want to get you the latest on this morning's launch. cbs news correspondent bob orr is here at the kennedy space center, following the updates as we wonder is it a go, is it not? we're watching the astronauts closely. good morning again. >> is it a go or is it not? we don't know yet. we don't know yet. there is a little bit of optimism now. just an hour or so ago it looked very, very bleak, almost seemed impossible we'd have a launch today but it now is very clear that nasa is committed to at least trying. a short time ago we saw the crew of four astronauts come out in that astro van you've been
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talking about, made their way past the onlookers here at the launch pad 39a, where they've gone up the giant elevator there and up in the flight deck level about to get into the spacecraft itself. this means nasa looked at its options and decided not to waive off early which they thought they might do that and apparently going to take this down to the wire. technically "atlantis" is ready to go. the weather looks like it might be clearing a bit but this is by no means a done deal because in order for launch to take place at 11:26-46 in that vicinity we can't have any rain, low clouds or lightning within 20 nautical miles of the launch pad and the crosswinds have to be very low. we're not out of the woods but looking better than it did a while ago. >> there have been shuttles launched, former astronaut scott altman he had an 80% no go but it launched. >> reporter: it's always 50/50,
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that's the truth. >> bob orr, thanks, we'll check in with you in a bit. back to new york, nancy cordes has a check of today's other headlines. nice to see you. wish i could say it in person. >> i feel like ships in the night air. good to talk to you from afar. good morning to you everyone. andy colson, former spokesman for britain's prime minister has been arrested in a phone hacking scandal. prime minister david cameron promised a full independent regulating body was needed to enforce media standards but did not apologize for hiring colson former editor of "news of the world." >> my decision alone to give him a second chance. he worked for me in opposition, he worked for me in government, but the second chance if you like didn't work. >> another former editor of the "news of the world" was arrested today and because of the phone hacking scandal rupert murdock is shutting down the newspaper.
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new clashes in syria this morning as tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets to demand the ouster of president al assad. the pro-democracy rallies are in their fourth month. witnesses say three protesters were killed overnight. the jobs report for june is out this morning from the labor department and it's expected to say employers added as many as 100,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate is expected to drop slightly to 9%. football fans are mourning nfl hall of famer john mackey, with the baltimore colts in the 1960s and redefined the tight end position and pushed for better treatment of former players as president of the nfl players association. john mackey was 69 years old. scott pelley has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> from nasa's first mission to now the final shuttle flight, we'll look at how cbs news and walter cronkite covered the space race for the last 50
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years, that story tonight on the "cbs evening news." >> it's four minutes after the hour and marysol castro is here with another check of the weather. >> good morning nancy, good morning everyone at home. we want to show you the radar for the state of florida, all eyes are looking at this part of the country. here is the window, cape canaveral is just above palm bay. there's a window where the storms are not hitting. right now it's overcast, one storm system is hugging the eastern seaboard. the other storm system could make a bee line straight through the middle of florida, that's what we're hoping so the launch does happen at 11:25, there's a 70% chance of rain, it's very warm and humid. by the time the shuttle does perhaps launch temperatures will
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>> this weather report sponsored by new neutrogena wet skin sun block. >> thank you so much. that's our latest weather. back over to erica. >> mary, thanks. the shuttle program as you at home know has brought about incredible gains for this country, expanding not only the knowledge of the universe but also the technology, many things we use every day and for many people, their dreams. but that has not come without a cost.e, their dreams. two disasters have claimed the lives of 14 astronauts over the past three decades, their passion to explore is what fueled the space program and in their sacrifice they left a legacy of inspiration. cbs news correspondent michele miller reports. >> one small step for man --
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>> reporter: liftoff of space shuttle "atlantis." >> reporter: in 50 years the american space program has achieved unimaginable success. >> different but it's very pretty out here. >> reporter: shuttle "columbia" fell to earth -- >> reporter: sufrl fered unspeakable loss. 14 astronauts in 134 space missions. >> liftoff of the 25th space shuttle mission and it is as clear as the tower. >> reporter: on january 28th, 1986 -- >> "challenger" go with throttle up. >> roger, go with throttle up. >> reporter: 73 seconds after launch, "challenger" exploded. >> obviously a major malfunction. >> reporter: shrouding everyone watching in an aura of disbelief. >> the feeling is indescribable, i can only say numb, numb. >> reporter: carl mcnair's little brother, ron, was one of "challenger's" seven crew members and 35 was his second mission in space. >> that no, doubt, was the
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saddest day of my life. >> reporter: still very fresh? >> oh, yeah, it's something you never forget. >> we remember ronald mcnair, his dream was to live aboard the space station, performing experiments and playing his saxophone in the weightlessness of space. well, ron, we will miss your saxophone. we will build your space station. >> reporter: but ron mcnair's story which began here in lake city, south carolina, isn't just one of tragedy but triumph, the tale of a precocious kid who grew up poor during segregation and overcame hurdle after hurdle to realize his dream. >> it's a story of if you will a real role model and i think when you learn about all of the aspects of his life, you find that same kind exists from the dedication he had, the commitment that he had to his
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craft. >> reporter: gifted in both science and math, mcnair graduated at the top of his high school class, went on to earn a bachelor's degree in physics and his ph.d. from mit, but that success almost didn't happen after he changed his major from physics to music, his freshman year. >> ron had his first serious bout with self-doubt. >> reporter: thankfully his adviser stepped in. >> she found him out, tracked him down, called him back to the office. told him just straight out, i believe that you're good enough, and that was the spark that it took, a little encouragement. >> reporter: it went a long way. in 1978 he beat out nearly 10,000 other applicants to earn a spot in the u.s. space program. >> you guys really look beautiful -- >> reporter: eventually becoming only the second african-american in space. when you saw the first launch, you and your family were there.
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>> yeah. >> reporter: could you believe it? >> we couldn't believe that. this didn't happen with anyone who came from my hometown. here he was, and we had half the hometown there with us. >> six, five -- we have main engine start. >> when they had the countdown, went to zero, the shuttle launch it's like wow! unbelievable. unbelievable. just gives me goosebumps think being it. >> reporter: that's my brother up there. >> yeah. >> reporter: in this interview, mcnair opened up about his love for nasa. >> i'll just do what i've always done, pursue the job positively and confidently, and i feel like this job and i were sort of made for each other. >> 330 miles above the earth. >> reporter: without ever knowing it he inspired a generation of future astronauts including a man four years his senior. >> i'm here today because of ron mcnair. >> reporter: fellow south carolinian charles bolden, who
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now heads nasa. >> that was a defining moment in the space program. it marked a totally new generation of astronauts. it made the possibility of becoming an astronaut real for kids who probably would never have dreamed it before ron became an astronaut. >> reporter: the curtain now closes on an era of space exploration, but the legacy of ron mcnair and 13 other men and women lives on, through the passion they held for our universe and the answers it may hold for those of us who remain here on earth. michelle miller, cbs news, lake city, south carolina. ordinary sunblock drips and whitens. neutrogena® wet skin cuts through water. forms a broad spectrum barrier for full strength sun protection. wet skin. neutrogena®. [ female announcer ] nutri-grain --
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just about 20 minutes past the hour as we welcome you back at the kennedy space center, about 750,000 people expected to be here to see this morning's shuttle launch in person and there with them is cbs news correspondent kelly cobiella, in titusville, florida, one of the prime viewing spots, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. yes, this is space view park, aptly named, don't you figure. this is a popular viewing site in titusville. typically they get 150,000 to 250,000 people for shuttle launch. those numbers are much larger today. this is called space view park and if you follow the peer to the end with a good pair of binoculars you can see the shuttle on the launch pad. there are about 1,000 people crammed into this park alone, there are people lining the bridges nearby, lining the coast
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up and down for miles here, waiting to watch the final shuttle launch. they have come from all over the country, from ohio, michigan, massachusetts, and of course from parts of florida. we spoke to one young father who brought his three young children here. he's from ohio, his mother-in-law is with him and he said he's wanted to watch a shuttle launch for 20 years. they've never gotten to it, said he was determined to see it, of course, for the very last time. erica? >> now is your chance. kelly koebbe ycobiella, thanks. former astronaut scott altman, we were talking about this at the break, you launched with an 80% no go on one of your missions. >> that's right. >> are you feeling confident about "atlantis"? >> you always put the game face on when you go out to the pad. i think things will come together so i'm optimistic.
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>> what are you most going to be looking forward to most and what are you looking forward to most as you look forward to the launch? >> "atlantis" i vehicle i flew on twice it's sweet to be here and watch her get off the pad and bittersweet in that it is the last launch and hard to believe the shuttle era comes to a close. >> this is, it's bittersweet for you in a number of ways because you flew on "columbia" as well. you flew on the last "columbia" mission before the tragedy and a lot of the astronauts were together last night. i'm sure there were a lot of different things discussed. >> it was a great party, a huge crowd of former astronauts all in town for this launch and it was great to see everybody, like a giant reunion talking about our little adventures in space and telling stories. >> we look forward to some more of those stories, hopefully get those on the website. scott altman thanks very much. >> great. more from the kennedy space center, coverage of the launch
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strong, there were no reported injuries. in lands down, trees and power lines were knocked down. in dundalk, rain and storms caused havoc. the red cross set up a shelter for those displaced thank you, new developments in the unsolved murder of phylicia barnes. fbi agents are investigating a child pornography investigation. she disappeared in december. her naked body was found floating in the susquehanna. >> >> the police are asking for your help catching a serial arsonist. most recent fire was set on fire near edge mere. one person could be responsible for all of the arsons in the area. stay with us, up next, the
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welcome back to "the early show." i'm chris wragge in new york. erica hill is at the kennedy space center. you're seeing the picture there of the kennedy space center, the astronauts loading up for the launch a little later on this
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morning. right now all systems are go, that is the good news. coming up what's in store for nasa after the final shuttle flight. in the short term all about russia, one day private industry may hold the key to space travel. plenty of other things, right, erica? >> that's right, here's one fun fact for you, chris. the astronaut, rex his wife designed the patch. you don't want the patch to looks like an engineer did it, his wife designed it, a graphic designer. from the first five decades, first the latest on this morning's launch, could be hours from now. joining us is bill harwood, i like to call you my space expert. what is the word from nasa? >> in florida they always joke wait five minutes it could
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change. the clouds are dissipating so they're hopeful they can get a shot. their observed go they could launch right now. the question is what are the conditions going to be when t0 gets here parliamentarian that's around 11:26 a.m., they have a five-minute window parliamentarian five minutes. >> what are the conditions they must have? >> well for launch obviously you have to think about this, a little tricky because to get to the international space station it's moving in its orbit at five miles per second. they wait until the launch pad rotates into the plane of that orbit and they take off. the shuttle has enough power to launch five minutes to that moment but they have to take off parliamentarian we need to have 20-mile radius, no rain, no lightning, no clouds. about 8,000 foot ceiling? >>,000 foot if it's broken, more than half overcast. you want clear skies because if you had an engine failure early in the flight and the crew had to turn around and fly back to the kennedy space center they want good visibility to fly this thing which is a glider you have
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to remember during landing, good visibility to get back to the runway parliamentarian glass half full, the shuttle there was a 70% no go when we woke up this morning, shuttles have launched within 80% no go parliamentarian this is true, but they said when you ask me about the weather it's 50/50, they go or they won't. nobody tries to predict the weather. >> you'll be watching closely with us parliamentarian absolutely parliamentarian great to have you here. nancy cordes is at the news desk in for new york with jeff glor with one more check of the headlines. good morning parliamentarian good morning erica and everyone. casey anthony is still in jail but won't be for long. the former murder suspect will be freed a week from sunday even after getting the maximum sentence for lying to police about the disappearance of her daughter. karen brown is at the jail in orlando to explain. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, nancy. here at the jail they are so concerned about casey anthony's safety they're going to be releasing her to a secret location and now the judge is so
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concerned about the jurors' safety he's delaying his decision as to whether or not to release their names because he believes the public needs a cooling off period. in just over one week casey anthony will be a free woman parliamentarian we are going to spend some time this morning figuring out her credit for time served. >> reporter: though cleared of murder, anthony was found guilty of lying to investigators in july 2008 about caylee's disappearance. wednesday the judge sentenced her to four years in prison but with credit for time served and good behavior she'll spend just nine more days behind bars parliamentarian at least she won't get out tonight, and pop the champagne cork and celebrate with baez in her defense. >> reporter: for those who believe she is guilty of murder it's not nearly enough time. a relieved casey anthony entered court thursday smiling and relaxed after her six-week trial parliamentarian her hair was all
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done, curled and out just long, she had on a pretty blue sweater, had some makeup on parliamentarian caylee, caylee! >> she is an instant celebrity. she going to abany millionaire i would imagine with everything after what happened here. >> reporter: in the end, anthony will have served almost exactly the same number of days in jail that her daughter caylee spent on earth. her team on the ground witnessed the anger towards this jury, in fact cbs news learned that some of the jurors haven't even returned to their homes since the verdict because they feel threatened. nancy? >> what a tough job they had. karen brown in orlando thank you so much. also this morning the labor department says only 18,000 jobs were added last month, raising the unemployment rate to 9.2%. it had been expected to drop. president obama and congressional leaders met sunday to hammer out an agreement on hiking the debt ceiling, after yesterday's session the president sounded somewhat
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optimistic parliamentarian i want to thank all the leaders i thought it was a very constructive meeting and i will be seeing them back here on sunday, a lot of work will be done between now and then parliamentarian congress has until august 2nd to raise the debt ceiling or risk plunging the country into another recession. it was a magical movie premiere for harry potter fans. the eighth and final installment had a star studded red carpet celebrati celebration. charlie d'agata is in london with the latest. how was it in. >> forget about the red carpet. they took over a whole square in central london complete with a stage to make room for fans who spent days in the pouring rain to be part of the magic. j.k. rowling and the stars that brought her story of a boy wizard to life fought back tears at the final curtain call for harry potter parliamentarian barely holding it together, yeah, it's a very mixed bag of emotions we're all feeling tonight. >> reporter: thousands of fans from all over the world crowded
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loan done's trafalgar square to bid farewell to harry potter and the deathly hallows parliamentarian it feels right, feels like we're doing justice to what is not just a fantastic film but fantastic series. >> reporter: a fantastic series that has grossed $6.4 billion at the box office and launched its young stars to the stratosphere parliamentarian i feel like i'm having an out of body experience. it's too much to take in almost, really overwhelming but it's a beautiful moment and it's, i can't really -- i can't believe all this. >> reporter: plucked out of obscurity at 10 or 11 when the films began a decade ago they spent half their lives in another world parliamentarian it's been such an important part of me really and to have that suddenly end, it's quite a weird feeling parliamentarian movie critics say the saga ends not
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with a wimper but a bang with more special effects, the wave of a magic wand. the u.s. premiere is next week, opens in cinemas july 15th. nancy? >> charlie, thank you so much. cbs's charlie d'agata in london for us this morning. now at 8:37, here's marysol with another check of the weather parliamentarian good morning to you. good morning, everyone. we turn to the southeast quickly around cape canaveral, site of the shuttle launch. earlier we mentioned there needed to be clarity within a 20 mile radius. right now there is clarity for about a 350-mile radius around cape canaveral. we will keep our eyes focused on that part of the nation. two areas of thunderstorms in the mid-atlantic, severe weather in the northern plains. tomorrow not a whole lot changes. severe storms start to make their slow approach towards the great lakes, it continues to be swelteringly hot in the southern plains. pacific northwest is gorgeous, for sunday it's gorgeous on the northeast, it's breezy on the northwest, continues to be warm in the southern plains, severe storms as you can see don't move a whole lot.
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>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. back over to erica at the kennedy space center parliamentarian mary, thanks. as nasa closes down the shuttle program it's also looking ahead to the future of space exploration which will look different. cbs news correspondent mark strassmann is at the johnson space center with more. >> reporter: good morning, er a erica. big questions around here, the shuttle program is about to end.
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what is next in where is nasa going? when you talk to astronauts you realize as a group they are optimistic people. the glass is always full. no one around here likes all this uncertainty parliamentarian liftoff. >> reporter: one more launch, that's it. and then the shuttle era slips into space history, replaced by an uncertain future for nasa. this is a full scale training mockup of the space shuttle, the most sophisticated and expensive spacecraft ever built but its time has come, the fleet is retiring, after a remarkable run through the final frontier parliamentarian it's a very reliable system. >> reporter: mike fink has traveled to space three times, more than any astronaut in history. he says he'll miss the shuttle but is also looking forward to whatever era comes next for nasa parliamentarian the way i see it is that the space shuttle can only go several hundred miles up and does that super well but i want to go more. i want to go to the moon, i want to go to an ast ride.
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i want to fix some of the expensive satellites in high earth orbit. we're stuck in low earth orbit. this is the russian soyuz tma. >> reporter: for the next four years american asteroids will have to ride with the russians to the space station on soyuz capsules looic this one. it's safe, reliable transportation but nowhere as versatile or as complex as the shuttle parliamentarian the more i flew on the space shuttle, the more i respect the solid engineering and the brilliance behind the science choices. >> reporter: one of the remarkable capabilities is how much cargo it can carry. this is the payload. if you think the soyuz looks small, it's more cramped in here and i'm not wearing a space suit
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and remember three cast naughts have to squeeze in, one on either side for the two-day ride to the space station and each of those seats will cost u.s. taxpayers roughly $60 million, but nasa's now looking beyond the soyuz to private industry, boeing's developing this reusable sap sul to take americans into orbit, one of the four companies competing for nasa contracts for space transportation. keith riley, the deputy manager of boeing's program, says compared to the shuttle, boeing's capsule now in development would be much smaller, much less expensive, and would carry up to seven people to the space station, no sooner than sometime in 2015 parliamentarian that's the only way you can make space available parliamentarian and liftoff. >> reporter: but with pinched funding and no shuttle, nasa's future, the idea of making space for profit work, seems as unclear as many answers about space itself, and for now, puts
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the russians firmly in the driver's seat. so four companies in the running to design nasa's next spacecraft, something to get americans up to the space station for at least the next decade, nasa's going to review those plans, the companies that are trying to design and build that spacecraft and green light the ones that show the most promise sometime next spring. erica? >> everybody looking for what that will be. there at the johnson space center we talked on yesterday's show will the impact of shuddering of the shuttle in florida, what happened at the johnson space center? >> the impact has started being felt certainly in the morale of folks around here, there will be changes in this room, the mockup of the training mockup of the shuttle behind in weeks this will be dismantled, sent to a museum in seattle, there's no need for it anymore, this will
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be a changed place in many, many ways as a recognition that nasa is about to leave one era and move into a new one, whatever that new era happens to be parliamentarian one other interesting change, we saw you crammed into that tiny soyuz, looked so comfortable. there's a height limit on that, some astronauts have had to leave the program because they wouldn't fit parliamentarian a height limit, 6'2", 6'3", past that you cannot squeeze yourself into that capsule. there's a changing reality for astronauts, size is part of that reality. there are going to be fewer opportunities to fly. and some guys are just not going to -- men and women are not going to want to stick around for that, the skill set is changing, too, more of a generalist than a specialist. it's going to be a changed world here parliamentarian it will be, some of those folks moving on to private companies vying for the job to take astronauts up so we'll see how it turns out. mark strassmann in houston, thanks. just ahead here on "the early show" a look back at the
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on this day of the final shuttle launch, 30 years, three months after the first, we leave with you a look back at america's triumphs and tragedies in space, and the voices of our correspondents who cover the stories of both. cbs television presents a special report on sputnik 1. >> the launch of sputnik in the eisenhower administration was a surprise and essentially what it said if russia can put an object in orbit around the work it can touch any part of the united states with a ballistic missile parliamentarian this was being done by the only other country in the world that could destroy this country parliamentarian russia launched sputnik with the astronaut in orbit and john kennedy the president said hey,
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what's going on here? we need to get in the game parliamentarian i believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out. of landing the man on the moon and landing him safely to earth. >> it was one of the biggest ideas of all-time. we proceeded with the mercury program parliamentarian godspeed john glenn parliamentarian the gemini program and finally the development phase of the apollo program parliamentarian laftoff, we have a liftoff on apollo 11. >> reporter: when it came time for the moon landing this was a seminole event in living rooms across america parliamentarian man's first trip to the moon. >> reporter: walter really became america's expert on the space program. it was his favorite story parliamentarian the eagle has landed parliamentarian it was such a happy time was when those astronauts landed on the moon parliamentarian man on the moon
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parliamentarian we're going to be busy for a minute parliamentarian we were bogged down in the vietnam war, the tet offensive, all of the arrests on the campuses and the civil rights mochl parliamentarian one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind parliamentarian just a great moment for the country to be able to take a break from those very dark and difficult times parliamentarian they got the flag up now. you can see the stars and stripes parliamentarian it certainly gave us a lift at a time when we needed the lift and it paved the way for what came later. >> plaerk's first space shuttle. >> the launch of the first space shuttle was an amazing gamble because this machine was the most complicated machine ever built by man parliamentarian we thought rocketses were cool parliamentarian i'm not sure many of us really fully embraced the potential calamity that the space shot was.
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we were used to the stleb operation parliamentarian "challenger" go with throttle up parliamentarian then chame "challenge "challenger" parliamentari. parliamentarian then chame "challenge "challenger" parliamentari" >> this was america's great prowess, and to be brought down to earth so suddenly and so unexpectedly, it was a deeply wounding tragedy for the country parliamentari. never forget them or the last time we saw them this morning as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and slipped to the surly bounds of earth to touch the face of god. you hear the speeches presidents make and some easily forgotten but this was among that i think will be remembered for a long, long time. "challenger" taught us sometimes you pay a steep price
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parliamentari. >> they said we were going to be a report and when we got word some debris had been seen falling over texas it became very clear that there was a tragedy, there was a tragic day parliamentarian officials say "columbia" suffered a break-up that may have begun seven minutes gfr the spacecraft disintegrated. >> the fact there had been only two catastrophic losses in all of these missions is an amazing accomplishment. >> the space program has given us so many things we have in our lives today, computers and communication, the hubble space telescope was a magnificent success. >> it introduced us to new
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world, we know a lot more now thanks to nasa. >> how old is planet earth, how long have we been here and for the first time we found a way to leave this planet. >> liftoff. >> that is one of the great scientific achievements in the history of the world. >> it is an incredible legacy and for all the criticism there may be over how the shuttle program is ending, there is no denying that legacy will infact continue. an incredible sense of optimism and energy here at the kennedy space center this morning as everyone gathers to watch one final launch and to watch these astronauts blast off into history. people will be watching 12 days from now and of course breathing a collective sigh of relief as they touch down safely. as we look back it has been fascinating for so many to speak astronauts current and former about their love for the space program and feeling no matter how it has to happen it will go
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on, each generation takes something different from what has happened over the past 50 years but its impact is undeniable and it is something that will continue. thanks so much for sharing part of your morning with us here on "the early show." stay with cbs news as we cover "the early show." stay with cbs news as we cover this historic
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take a live look at how the week's end is beginning and listen to marty about how the weekend will be. we have fair weather clouds and a ton of sun and temperatures in the low 90s. today will be more interesting. we'll look at the forecast. that's grayier and we'll be in the mid-80s. we'll be below normal. normal is 88 degrees. we'll have showers and thunderstorms later. we'll have a high of 85 degrees.
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slow clearing and 68 overnight. 90 and clouds and sun. not just tomorrow, but all the way into wednesday. don, take it away. cleanup you evers are underway -- cleanup efforts are underway this morning. don, the storms are strong and there are no reported injuries. trees and power lines were knocked down. in dundalk, rain and flooding caused havoc. many were blind sided and 20 families were forced out of their homes. the red cross set up a shelter for those displaced. police in georgia are trying to solve the murder of a howard county woman there. they're looking for the rest of the remains of the 27-year-old who recently graduated from law school in may con -- macon.
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she disappeared on june 25th. new developments in the unsolved murder of phylicia barnes here. the fbi is investigating a child pornography investigation. the 16-year-old was last seen in december when she was visiting her sister in december. she was found in the susquehanna. this man has lost his battle with dementia. he played for the colts for years. he was a big part of the 1971 super bowl win. a lot of the players can thank him for the team's status. police are still searching for a man who attacked a speed camera the other day.
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